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Ex-consulate staffers jailed in Mexico

Four former employees of the U.S. consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, including one American citizen, have been sentenced to jail terms for their roles in a visa-selling scam, the State Department said yesterday.

A U.S. District Court in Laredo, Texas, handed down the sentences Friday, ending a seven-month investigation into accusations that staffers at the consulate in Mexico had been soliciting and accepting bribes in return for visas to enter the United States, the department said.

Miguel Partida, a naturalized U.S. citizen who had worked as a visa adjudicator at the consulate, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement.

The other three former consulate employees, all Mexican citizens, were given sentences ranging from eight to 12 months, he said.

Former aide contends Nixon ordered break-in

Coming forward three decades after Watergate, a former top aide to President Nixon says Mr. Nixon ordered the break-in that would lead to his resignation.

Jeb Stuart Magruder had previously gone no further than saying that John Mitchell, the former attorney general who was running the Nixon re-election campaign in 1972, approved the plan to break into the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate office building and bug the telephone of the party chairman, Larry O’Brien.

Mr. Magruder, in a PBS documentary airing Wednesday and in an Associated Press interview last week, said he was meeting with Mr. Mitchell on March 30, 1972, when he heard Mr. Nixon tell Mr. Mitchell over the phone to go ahead with the plan.

The break-in occurred 2 months later, on June 17, 1972.

Bush address marks anniversary of law

President Bush marked the 13th anniversary yesterday of the Americans With Disabilities Act with a name change that reflects his efforts to promote equality for people who have mental illness.

Bush changed the name of the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities the same week a commission he created recommended a campaign to bring the mentally ill more into the mainstream.

“With changes in old ways of thinking, the development of new technologies and the federal government’s firm commitment to equality, more and more people with disabilities continue to become full participants in the American life,” Mr. Bush said in his weekly radio broadcast yesterday.

Judge blocks law monitoring sex offenders

DES MOINES, Iowa — A federal judge blocked Friday the enforcement of a state law that prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or day care center.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt issued the order in a federal lawsuit filed by the Iowa Civil Liberties Union last month and expanded Friday to include “all people who are subject to the residency restriction.”

The lawsuit said the requirement makes it nearly impossible for an offender to find a place to live “because there is virtually no place in towns or urban areas in Iowa that is not within 2,000 feet of a school or day care center.”

Polygamist suspect charged with incest

SALT LAKE CITY — A polygamy suspect has been arrested and charged with marrying his first cousin.

Jeremy Kingston, a member of the large, polygamous Kingston clan, was arrested Thursday at a family gathering in Bountiful on a charge of incest stemming from his 1995 arranged marriage to LuAnn Kingston, when she was 15 and he was 24.

Police had been looking for Jeremy Kingston since May, when the incest charge was filed. LuAnn Kingston left the marriage after five years and two daughters, and asked the state to prosecute.

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